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Blue

The Color of Noise
Narrated by: Greg Chun, Steve Aoki
Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
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Summary

This program includes sections recorded by Steve Aoki while on tour.

The music. The mix. His life.

"Sometimes I think my whole life can be seen through shades of blue...." (Steve Aoki)

Blue is the remarkable story of Steve Aoki, the superstar DJ/producer who started his career as a vegan straight-edge hardcore music kid hellbent on defying his millionaire father, whose unquenchable thirst to entertain - inherited from his dad, Rocky Aoki, founder of Benihana - led him to global success and two Grammy nominations. Ranked among the top-10 DJs in the world today, Grammy-nominated artist, producer, label head, fashion designer, philanthropist, and entrepreneur Steve Aoki is an authentic global trendsetter and tastemaker who has been instrumental in defining contemporary youth culture. Known for his outrageous stage antics (cake throwing, "rave rafting", champagne spraying, and the "Aoki Jump") and his endearing personality, Steve is also the brains behind indie record label Dim Mak, which broke acts such as The Kills, Bloc Party, and The Gossip. Dim Mak also put out the first releases by breakout EDM stars The Chainsmokers and The Bloody Beetroots, as well as the early releases for Grammy-nominated artist Iggy Azalea, in addition to EDM star Zedd and electro duo MSTRKFT. 

In Blue, Aoki recounts the epic highs of music festivals, clubs, and pool parties around the world, as well as the lows of friendships lost to drugs and alcohol, and his relationship with his flamboyant father. This audiobook reveals how Aoki became a force of nature as an early social media adopter, helping to turn dance music into the phenomenon it is today. (His performances are watched by millions in person and online at events such as Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, and many more.) All this, while remaining true to his DIY punk rock principles, which value spontaneity, fun, and friendship above all else - demonstrable by the countless cakes he has flung across cities worldwide.

©2019 DJ Kid Millionaire, Ltd. (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Great listening . . .

Thanks man for your story, but whether that was the whole book in audio ? Seems to be shorter than other biographies .. But anyway, I was trying to reach you Steve on the phone (unfortunately, there's a message that my country is not in range or something like that) .. if you reading this ;D, send me a message, casper.badovvski@gmail.com .. I have a bunch of stuff to work on musically, I think you would love that and you would get some inspiration .. all the best ! Recommendation of the book of course ... Casper .

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  • Brian Balboa
  • 09-09-19

I am Blue

You may be an Aoki fan, but to know Aoki, start gear to learn the surface and thoughts he has. Blue is a great start to see through the eyes of Steve, hear his voice as he reads some of his past experiences and how they align with different hues of blue.

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  • Charlie Williams
  • 12-09-19

Book Was Great!

I have been following Steve for a long time in the EDM scene, and have been to a few of his Dim Mak shows in Miami. This book was an amazing look into his life, and shows a lot about his character as a person.

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  • Steven
  • 12-09-19

Recommend for all, not just music lovers

Absolutely loved this read. Had no idea how deep Aoki’s story went.

Loved the poetic drops by Steve between chapters.

Definitely going to read the books mentioned in the last chapters. I geek out on that stuff!
- #ST3VOH

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  • Jeffrey
  • 08-09-19

Aoki True Blue

What an awesome read! Interesting story with ties to do many artists! AWESOMEAF ROCK ON!

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  • Jessica Reynolds
  • 16-10-19

Wow

I’ve loved Aoki’s music for some time now. However, I had no knowledge of what his life was like before starting this book. It was up and down, and all over the place. So interesting to see that someone on such a different end of the status spectrum could have so many similarities with someone like me. I absolutely loved it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-19

Enlightening life story of a passionate and genuine musician

I've known Steve Aoki when Linkin Park released their 5th album The Living Things. I was a hardcore fan of LP and felt sorry for the loss of the band. Chester, we miss you. Thanks so much for hearing Steve mentioned Chester and their music so many times in his book. It means a lot to me because it's a way of recalling my memory of him. I went to ISY this year at Sanya, China and Tomorrowland at Boom, Belgiumto see your live. And I felt so overwhelmed for being caked. It's just terrific to be out there with such a crazy bunch of ravers from all over the world. Steve is dynamic, determined and contagious. I always gravitate towards his show because the music and beat are loud but never lousy. He and his works are genuine.

I've discovered some unexpected stories about Steve's personal life in this book, most of which are fun and enlightening, especially the ones about how he has forged his way to become a DJ. And of course, the shades of blue in this book are quite delicately interpreted. Blue can be gloomy, joyful, glamorous, tranquil and noisy. And the story behind blue is touchy. Thanks again for sharing your life with us, Steve.

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  • KRS10
  • 03-10-19

Get to know Steve

As a fan of edm and Aoki I was excited to read this. It gives you a behind the scenes perspective into his work and his life. I listened to it at 1.25x, otherwise it was too slow for me. I thought the "drops" about the color blue were poetic, however, I also felt they were a bit forced at times. Easy listen. You do not need to pay attention 100% and still get the message.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-19

Love everything but the audio

The book is interesting- sadly, the parts with the narrator have his voice really low (like, kinda-hard-to-hear low), but the “S” sounds very sharp and piercing. In the beginning especially, it’s almost painful to listen to. Especially in the car. The audio seems fine with Steve Aoki’s Drop narrations, it really the main audio that is off.

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  • Skunker11
  • 11-09-19

Harsh sibilance in recording makes it unlistenable

I was really looking forward to hearing Steve's story but unfortunately, there's a a lot of harshness in the audio. Simply painful to listen to. Needs a de-esser or something. I hope this can be revised!

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